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What is Visual Impairment with Multiple Disabilities?

Visual Impairment: Impairment of the sense of sight (the state of being blind or lacking sight).

Multiple Disabilities: Children with multiple disabilities will have a combination of various disabilities that may include: speech, physical mobility, learning, mental retardation, visual, hearing, brain injury and possibly others. (

Visual Impairment with Multiple Disabilities.

Visual impairment with multiple disabilities implies the loss of vision or low vision along with Autism, cerebral palsy, Intellectual Disabilities, Hearing impairment or other disabilities for the child. The child will have vision impairment / low vision and one or two additional disabilities. This is known as Visual Impairment with Multiple Disabilities.

Difficulties for the children with Visual Impairment with Multiple Disabilities.

Children with Visual Impairment with multiple disabilities may exhibit a wide range of characteristics, depending on the combination and severity of disabilities and the children’s age.

  • May have difficulty forming interpersonal relationships
  • May have limited self-care skills and independent community living skills
  • A variety of medical problems may accompany severe disabilities. Examples include seizures, sensory loss, hydrocephalus, and scoliosis.
  • Many have challenges in doing simple movements
  • Might have problems related to mobility, communication skills, cognitive skills, motor skills, fine motor skills, daily living skills, social and recreation skills.

What do we do to ensure need based education for children with Visual Impairment with Multiple Disabilities?
We conduct a variety of workshops for special educators, para-medical professionals, parents, rehabilitation professionals from all over India and some from the South Asian countries. The training equips them with the skills to do a functional assessment, plan an educational programme and teach children with Visual Impairment with Multiple Disabilities (VIMD).

We conduct all these training in partnership with Non-Governmental Organization and / or government agencies. We also conduct need based, specific training for organizations.We also work in partnership with various partner organizations to support them develop educational programmes / services for children with VIMD in areas where no such programs exist at present. We work with them to gradually help them develop their capacity to continue / sustain the services for children with VIMD.

We also produce educational material to ensure access to information about various teaching methods and strategies for teachers and parents of children with VIMD.


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Perkins Voice And Vision India
National Association for the Blind ,India
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